Japan: Earthquake and Tsunami

On Friday 11th March, a 9.0 earthquake occurred off the coast of Japan and caused a massive tsunami. The devastation that has occurred has caused Japan’s Prime Minister to declare this the most severe crisis to hit Japan since World War II.

Global Hand is seeking to connect need and resource, where appropriate, and invites interested partners to post their offers and requests on the website, or to contact us.

“Partnerships between humanitarian actors and private sector companies should be developed in which the core competencies of both parties are valued and leveraged. Though financial contributions may sometimes be easier for humanitarian actors to accept and use, humanitarian action would benefit significantly from access to the expertise, resources, and global, regional, and local networks of the private sector.”
[Source: WEF/OCHA Guiding Principles for Public-Private Collaboration for Humanitarian Action]

If you have information to contribute, or if you need information you cannot find here, please let us know at enquiries@globalhand.org.


Need help?

If your organisation is responding to the needs in Japan, you are welcome to make a request and describe your needs. Doing so allows us to know of your needs, so we can direct partnership opportunities your way, and also allows potential donors access to your details.

Want to help?

  • If your organisation is looking for partners to support in Japan, you are welcome to browse requests.
  • You can also make an offer to describe how you would like to partner.

Who’s involved?

Several organisations within the Global Hand community, among others, are responding. Those indicated below with a ( * ) are Global Hand verified NGOs.

What’s needed?

  • Immediate needs:
    • Food
    • Drinking water
    • Blankets
    • Fuel
    • Medical items

According to OCHA, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Government and private sector in Japan are urgently mobilizing to supply these items to the affected areas.

Click here to make an offer of assistance. Please indicate in the description of your offer that you would like to respond to the situation in Japan.

Would you like further information?

Click here to see questions we are frequently asked by donors.


Further links you may find helpful regarding the Pakistan floods.

  • Government of Japan’s website
    The Government of Japan’s Emergency Management agencies are leading the response through the Emergency Response Team, headed by Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Information from the Government of Japan, including situation reports can be found at http://www.kantei.go.jp
  • Alertnet
    Reuters humanitarian news website which contains regularly updated information regarding current crises.
  • ReliefWeb
    ReliefWeb is a United Nations website providing information to humanitarian relief organisations. Updated daily, the website includes press releases, policy documents and situation reports regarding current disasters.
  • ReliefWeb Map Centre
    United Nations website containing detailed maps of the affected regions in Japan.
  • Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response
    The Sphere Project sets out minimum standards for four sectors: water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion; food security; nutrition and food aid; and, settlement and non-food items and health services. The cornerstone of the handbook is the Humanitarian Charter which describes the rights of people affected by disasters.


If you would like to discuss a response to the Japan disaster further, feel free to contact us:

Email: enquiries@globalhand.org
Phone: +852 2272 9390 for Hong Kong office, HQ (Katey Kenworthy)
+44 1892 614874 for UK office (Ben Solanky)


Regions / countries / territories

Asia: Japan

Global issues

Disasters and humanitarian affairs


Japan: Earthquake and Tsunami - Mar 2011